Sofa to Swimming Pool

Despite the title of this post, I’m going to start off talking about jogging/running.

As I mentioned before, I have never been a runner or even a jogger. I’ve been attempting to walk/jog for the past two weeks. I’m sure I’m pretty pathetic, but since I have no idea what I’m doing ..it all seems good to me! So the logical next step would be to sign up for a 5k.

Wait, what? Did I just say I signed up for a 5k? That is over 3 miles! I can barely jog for a quarter-mile! What am I thinking???

Insanity. I’ve lost my mind.

But it really just comes down to motivation. Having a goal will help me keep trying. And I have three months.

So I’ve been doing a little internet research on training. I’ve found a lot of running sites have training programs titled “Couch to 5k.” When I first read that, I was like “Hey! that’s me!” I’m super excited to find a training program that is completely dead-on designed for someone like me. Bring it, 5k — I’ll be ready.

And then I started thinking that I am basically doing something similar with swimming. Except that I actually know what I am doing with swimming. Because I was a competitive swimmer. And I was even a swim coach. So I need to create a “Sofa to Swimming Pool” training program and then share it with the rest of the former-swimmers-turned-lazy-bums.

So here is the start:

Week One:

Swim 2-3 this week. Do not plan a work out. No sets, intervals or total yardage in mind.

Day One: Simply get in the pool. Feel the water. Notice how your muscles feel (they are probably angry, but that is OK. You have neglected them — they have a right to be angry). Concentrate on form and technique, not speed or distance. Stop when you need to stop. (for me this was after a 50. I literally swam two lengths of the pool and then stopped and said “holy shit.” And I’m pretty sure the guy two lanes down heard me.) And this was freestyle. I tried backstroke next (I love backstroke), that felt awesome. Then I tried breaststroke. Yeah my knees don’t get along with breaststroke, I swam a 25 and then gave up. Doesn’t feel good? Don’t do it. And then (silly me), I attempted butterfly (hey! I used to BE a butterfly-er. I couldn’t NOT try). First thought, how the hell was I EVER good at this blasted stroke?

Hey! hey you! Stop looking at the pace clock!! Your time DOES NOT MATTER — well, not yet anyway.

Swim for at least 30 minutes. But don’t push yourself too much. This is your reintroduction to the water. Enjoy the sensation.

Day Two: Start off the same as day one. Swim without pushing too much. See how you feel. Feeling good? Good. OK now let’s do some 50s on 1:30. Yeah, I said 1:30. This is chill time 50s. We are slowly introducing some structure back into your swimming. But we need TIME. And 1:30 is PLENTY of time.

Oh PS, I gave butterfly a second try on day two. Felt much more normal. I’m OK with being a fly-er again. Maybe I’ve still got it!

Day Three: Time to add in a little more structure. Do a warm-up. Swim until you’re feeling loose and good. Do some kicking. No specific yardage, just whatever feels right. Ok now we’re going to try some descending 50s. 2 on 1:30, 2 on 1:25, 2 on 1:20… etc. See how low you can go (without feeling like dying. That is not the goal. We are not hardcore training). Swim a cool down. Nice work!

If you look back on day three, you can probably figure out how much yardage you did roughly. You might surprise yourself!

Week Two…. Coming soon.

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About kellchris

I'm an artist and art therapy student. When I'm not painting or experimenting with ceramics, I'm usually hiking, cooking, or making the big bucks bartending. View all posts by kellchris

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